DE20122653U1 - Ink cartridge and ink jet recording device using the same - Google Patents

Ink cartridge and ink jet recording device using the same

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DE20122653U1
DE20122653U1 DE20122653U DE20122653U DE20122653U1 DE 20122653 U1 DE20122653 U1 DE 20122653U1 DE 20122653 U DE20122653 U DE 20122653U DE 20122653 U DE20122653 U DE 20122653U DE 20122653 U1 DE20122653 U1 DE 20122653U1
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Abstract

An ink cartridge (9) for use in a recording device (1-5) which supplies ink to a recording head (6) by application of compressed air generated by a compressed air pump (21), the ink cartridge (9) comprising:
an outer shell part, which comprises
a lower housing (41, 142) having an opening and a continuous, substantially planar welding surface (42, 142a) surrounding the opening and disposed on a substantially flat, single imaginary plane;
a heat-sealing foil (64, 144) heat-sealed to the welding surface (42, 142a) and hermetically closing the opening; and
an upper case (71, 141) connected to the lower case and covering the heat-sealing film;
an ink container (24, 124) of flexible material in which ink is stored, the ink container being received in a pressure chamber (25) formed by the lower case and the heat-sealing foil.

Description

  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the invention
  • The The present invention relates to an ink cartridge used in a Ink jet recording device to be used, and is adapted to supply ink to a recording head. The The present invention further relates to an ink jet recording device, which uses the ink cartridge.
  • 2. Description of the stand of the technique
  • A Ink jet recording device generates comparatively small Sounds while printing, and can create small dots of high density. Therefore, the ink jet recording apparatus has been in use for some time Time used in a number of printing applications, including the Color printing.
  • A Such ink jet recording device is normally provided with an ink jet recording head, which on a Carriage is mounted, and in the direction of the width of a recording paper is moved, and with a paper feed device for moving of the recording paper in the direction orthogonal to the direction of movement of the recording head. Based on print data, ink drops become ejected from the recording head, whereby the data on the Recorded recording paper.
  • Of the Recording head is mounted on the sled, and can make ink drops for example, in the colors black, yellow, cyan, and magenta spray. Therefore allows the ink jet recording device a full color printing by change the proportions of ink types, as well as the printing of text with black Ink.
  • Around with a comparatively large one Scope of print jobs to cope with this is at a recording device Kind of, for example, for Uses in the office or at work, the use of ink cartridges with big Volume required. For this purpose, a recording device to disposal in which ink cartridges attached to a cartridge holder attached to, for example, provided in a device main body is.
  • In the recording device, sub-tanks are arranged on the carriage, which has the recording head, and become the respective sub-tanks associated with ink Ink cartridges over Ink supply tubes refilled. The sub-tanks, in turn, supply ink to the recording head.
  • since For some time there is a growing need for a recording device for large dimensions, the print on larger sized paper carry out can at which a carriage travels a larger scanning distance. Around to improve the throughput rate of such a recording device, is a larger number on nozzles provided in a recording head.
  • Farther there is a need after a recording device, the successive ink feeds to the respective sub-tanks, which are mounted on the carriage, of associated ink cartridges, while a Printing process is performed, to increase the throughput rate, and which stable ink from the respective sub-tanks of the recording head supplies.
  • at such a recording device, since the carriage over a larger scanning distance moves, the length the respective ink supply hoses inevitable too. About that In addition, as mentioned above, A larger number on nozzles provided in the recording head. Therefore occurs in such a Recording device the technical problem that an insufficient Ink supply to the sub tanks takes place because the recording head a big Consumed amount of ink, and an increase in the dynamic pressure (ie, a pressure loss) of the ink in each of the ink supply tubes occur can, which the ink cartridges and the sub-tanks with each other connect.
  • When A measure For example, to prevent this technical problem, a Construction can be used, with which air pressure on the ink cartridges acts to force a flow of ink from the ink cartridges to evoke the sub tanks with the help of the air pressure. These Construction possible to supply a sufficient amount of ink to the sub-tanks.
  • 36 Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view showing an example of a construction of a prior art ink cartridge used in such an ink jet recording apparatus. In 36 denotes the reference numeral 81 a housing which forms the outer jacket of an ink cartridge. The housing 81 is integrally formed in the form of a bottle with a relatively large opening made of synthetic resin material by blow molding.
  • A columnar cap part 84 is in one opening section 82 over an O-ring 83 fitted. Through the cap part 84 and the O-ring 83 becomes the interior of the case 81 sealed, creating a pressure chamber 85 in the case 81 is trained.
  • An ink outlet section 86 that uses a ball valve is in the center of the columnar cap portion 84 intended. Ink can from an ink tank 87 in the case 81 is received, and consists of an ink-filled, flexible material, outwardly beyond the Tintenauslassabschnitt 86 be delivered.
  • An air inlet opening 89 is in a section of the cap part 84 intended. A rubber stopper 88 is on the air inlet opening 89 paying attention. A through hole 88a is in the center of the rubber stopper 88 intended. When the ink cartridge is not attached to an ink jet recording device, the through hole is 88a locked.
  • When the ink cartridge is attached to the recording device, an unillustrated hollow needle provided on the recording device penetrates through the through hole 88a the rubber stopper 88 through, and can be compressed air into the pressure chamber 85 got in over the hollow needle.
  • Therefore, the compressed air is in the pressure chamber 85 embedded over the hollow needle. Upon pressure, the pressure in the ink tank 87 contained ink out through the ink outlet section 86 output.
  • The above-described ink cartridge with a construction The prior art has some problems that need to be solved, such as this is indicated below.
  • A first problem is this. In the above-described ink cartridge of a prior art construction, the housing forming the outer shell is integrally blow-molded so that, as in the example of the construction of FIG 36 shows, the ink tank 87 united on the columnar cap part 84 attached, with the ink refill valve 86 and the air supply valve 88 is provided.
  • The cap part 84 is in the pressure seat in the opening section 82 using the O-ring 83 fitted, leaving the ink tank 87 which was not filled with ink, into the housing 81 is introduced. Then ink gets into the ink tank 87 from outside via the ink refill valve 86 injected to thereby finish a product, so the ink cartridge.
  • There the housing, which the outer coat the ink cartridge with a construction according to the prior art determines, in one piece Blow molding is often encountered difficulties in installation an ink tank, the already filled with ink was in the case. This means that the ink tank with ink in a subsequent Process filled must become.
  • Furthermore, a predetermined pressure acts on the inside of the housing during the recording operation of the recording device. A countermeasure must be provided to prevent deformation of the housing which would otherwise be caused when pressure is applied to the housing. For this reason, to assure the strength of the housing, the use of a simple construction is preferable, for example, in the form of a cylinder such as a bottle having a relatively large opening portion, as shown in FIG 36 is shown.
  • One such outer jacket but leads to the problem of increasing the volume of the housing it occupies causing difficulties in terms of the layout of a recording device of this kind leads, where a parallel arrangement of color ink cartridges is required is.
  • A Another conceivable measure To ensure the strength of the housing is in the enlargement of Thickness of the housing. However, it will be a big one Amount of synthetic resin material needed to form a housing, whereby the Difficulty arises to save resources.
  • in the In contrast, there is another conceivable measure for Reducing the amount of synthetic resin material used in it, in one piece reinforcing ribs on a part of the case provided. As mentioned above, However, when using blow molds to form a housing the Formation of reinforcing ribs inside the case usually difficult.
  • A second problem is that, in a case where prior art ink cartridges mounted on a recording device are detached from the recording device after performing an ink supply operation, the through-hole is taken out 88a that in the rubber stopper 88 is provided, immediately closed, due to the elasticity of the rubber, allowing compressed air in the pressure chamber 85 remains.
  • The compressed air in the pressure chamber 85 remains, continues to pressurize the ink tank 87 with pressure.
  • If the ball that at the Tintenauslassabschnitt 86 is accidentally or intentionally pressed in, for example using a pen tip or similar device, so injected into the ink container 87 contained ink, which pollutes the surrounding area.
  • Another problem is that ink from the ink outlet section 86 can lick out even if no pressure is applied.
  • To prevent the occurrence of such problems, measures must be taken to actively release the air pressure from inside the pressure chamber 85 To escape, by inserting a hollow needle, such as a syringe needle into the through hole 88a the rubber stopper 88 When the ink cartridge is removed from the recording device.
  • Indeed Such a process of pressure relief is cumbersome for the user, and does not provide reliable in practice countermeasure represents.
  • Even if the prior art ink cartridge is stored so as not to be attached to a recording device, a change in the ambient temperature at the location where the ink cartridge is stored, especially an increase in the ambient temperature, results in an increase the internal atmospheric pressure of the pressure chamber 85 , Therefore, ink leaks from the ink outlet portion 86 out.
  • A natural The procedure is to construct an ink cartridge, which supplies ink by introducing compressed air into a housing, so that the inside of the case over a long period during of the actual Insert the ink cartridge is hermetically sealed. Farther are a consideration a simple installation and easy removal and a simple Recycling particularly important. The fulfillment of these requirements is strongly sought.
  • If mainly Text data is to be printed sets the inkjet recording device, which uses an ink cartridge of such a construction, black ink, as is well known. When a color print is done should, color inks are used, for example, ink in the color Yellow, magenta ink, and cyan ink.
  • As described above, the ink is available while an ink tank, the made of flexible material in the form of a bag, filled with ink, and the ink tank in a cartridge case is included, which is the outer jacket of the ink cartridge. The ink cartridges are designed to that they assume substantially the same external forms. Continue to be the ink cartridges with substantially identical amounts of ink filled.
  • In a case where the majority of the print data is that of a recording device to be generated, for example Text data is the amount of colored ink and the frequency the use of colored ink low. Therefore, the color ink cartridges considerably later empty as a cartridge with black ink.
  • Out For this reason, expiration dates of color ink occur before the color ink cartridges become empty, which leads to that the ink cartridges are replaced by new cartridges.
  • If the recording device for printing a large number used on color images, in contrast, is the amount on inserted, black ink and the frequency of use black Ink low. The cartridge with black ink becomes significant later empty than the cartridges with colored ink. Therefore, the expiration date occurs black ink on while black ink is still present in the cartridge.
  • In addition to the problem that the operating costs for a user increase, Therefore, another problem arises in the sense that a considerable Amount of ink needs to be disposed of in an ink cartridge contained, which must be disposed of.
  • A conceivable measure to reduce operating costs and burden on disposal Ink is to provide an ink cartridge which filled with a smaller amount of ink. In this case can An adjustment device can be used to adjust the amount of ink to reduce, which is contained in an ink tank.
  • Around the mounting of a cartridge in a holder of a recording device To facilitate, the outer jacket needs an ink cartridge housing for picking up an ink tank a certain size and one have specific shape, independent from the volume of ink.
  • With an ink cartridge filled with a smaller amount of ink, a large clearance occurs between the cartridge case and on the ink tank.
  • For example then, when an ink tank free in the cartridge housing can move due to vibrations due to transport an ink cartridge occur, especially when on the ink tank too strong a physical one impact resistance the ink container may break.
  • A other, conceivable measure for preventing the breakage of an ink tank is the outer dimensions from cartridge cases equal to form, and the inner dimensions and the inner shape of the housing to change according to the amount of ink to be picked up. If an attempt is made such a measure to use Metal molds separated to form ink cartridge housings for one Ink cartridge with large Volume and a small volume ink cartridge provided and affect the cost of the metal molds as manufacturing costs out.
  • at a recording device which is designed so that they Pressing out ink from an ink cartridge with the help of compressed air, and the selective use of ink tanks with large volume and with a small volume, must then when small volume ink cartridges are used a big Amount of compressed air can be entered into the cartridge housing.
  • If therefore, for example, the attempt is made, the recording device by turning on the operating power of the recording device to activate, becomes a considerable Period required, before the recording device becomes able to print, thereby the throughput rate of the recording device is impaired.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The The present invention has been made in view of the above technical disadvantages, and their goal is to provide an ink cartridge, which is the process of assembling the outer shell an ink cartridge including an ink tank facilitates the disassembly and recycling of a spent one cartridge housing facilitates and can save resources.
  • With The present invention also seeks to provide an ink cartridge available too Make the ink using air pressure, and a Can prevent squirting or licking out of the ink otherwise by a residual air pressure or changes the ambient temperature would be caused.
  • With The present invention also seeks to provide an ink cartridge available too provide a stable, hermetically sealed state in a housing ensures and facilitates assembly and disassembly operations.
  • With The present invention also seeks to provide an ink cartridge available too which can effectively prevent a breakage of an ink tank, the otherwise it would cause if on an ink cartridge that has a small volume Ink filled is, physical Shock stresses act.
  • With The present invention also seeks to provide an ink cartridge for use in a recording device to provide the ink from an ink cartridge by using compressed air pushes, wherein if a small volume ink cartridge is used The ink cartridge will affect the throughput rate the recording device can prevent.
  • With The present invention also seeks to provide an ink jet recording device to disposal which is suitable for use with the ink cartridge.
  • To achieve these objects, the present invention provides an ink cartridge for use in a recording device that supplies ink to a recording head by applying compressed air generated by a compressed air pump, wherein:
    an ink tank made of ink-filled flexible material and accommodated in the ink cartridge;
    an outer shell portion formed by interconnecting at least a first outer shell component and a second outer shell component such that the outer shell member is hermetically sealed; and
    a pressure chamber, which is formed by the outer shell part and the ink container, and to which the compressed air generated by the compressed air pump to be supplied.
  • Preferably are the first outer shell component and the second outer shell component hermetically connected to each other by vibration welding.
  • Preferably, a welding surface is provided over the entire peripheral edge of a lower case serving as the first outer sheath component to form a substantially flat, single plane, and is a guiding device that comes into contact by friction welding is to be welded to the welding surface, which is provided on the peripheral edge of the lower housing, provided on a peripheral edge of an upper housing, which serves as the second outer sheath component.
  • Preferably is an upright flange portion in one piece on the peripheral edge of lower housing provided as the first outer shell component serves, along the outer circumference of the Welding plane.
  • Farther is preferably a reinforcing rib provisionally on a surface the first outer shell component provided, which defines the pressure chamber, as well as on a surface of the second outer shell component, which determines the pressure chamber.
  • Preferably are the first outer shell component and the second outer shell component hermetically connected together by heat welding.
  • Preferably is a sweat surface over that provided the entire peripheral edge of a lower housing, as the first outer shell component serves to form a substantially flat, single plane, and is a heat-welding foil, as the second outer shell component serves, provided on the welding surface, which is present on the peripheral edge of the lower housing.
  • Preferably The ink cartridge further comprises a reinforcing member for covering the outside the heat-welding foil on, as the second outer shell component serves.
  • Preferably is an engaging portion which is detachably engaged with the peripheral edge of the lower case stands, as the first outer shell component serves, in one piece provided along the peripheral edge of the reinforcing member.
  • In In this case, it is preferable to use a reinforcing rib for preventing a deformation caused by air pressure provisionally on the surface the first outer shell component provided, which determines the pressure chamber.
  • Preferably is a contact surface above that provided the entire peripheral edge of a lower housing, as the first outer shell component is used; is a contact interface, which should be placed in close contact with the contact surface, the is provided on the peripheral edge of the lower housing, on one Peripheral edge provided a cover, as the second outer shell component is used; and is an engaging portion that removably engages with the peripheral edge of the lower housing is in one piece the cover provided, whereby the housing and the cover through the action of the engagement portion in a sealed state remain.
  • at the ink cartridge according to the present Invention formed in the manner described above is, becomes an outer shell part by joining at least a first outer shell component and a second outer shell component designed so that the outer shell part hermetically sealed. Furthermore, the compressed air from the compressed air pump is generated, are applied to a pressure chamber, through the outer shell part and the ink container is formed becomes.
  • When A method for hermetically connecting the first outer shell component and the second outer shell component Vibrating welding can be used with each other.
  • Of the first outer shell component and the second outer shell component can hermetically joined together by heat welding become.
  • It is also possible to use a method in which the first and the second outer sheath component be obtained in a hermetically sealed condition, so that a contact surface, that on the second outer shell component is provided so arranged that it is in close contact with a contact surface which provided on the first outer shell component is.
  • In a case in which the first outer sheath component as a lower case serves, and the second outer shell component as an upper case serves, becomes temporary an ink tank filled with ink the lower case added. In this condition, the cover will act as an upper casing serves, hermetically sealed with the lower housing through connected to one of the above-described methods, whereby a Ink cartridge product is provided.
  • Therefore the process of assembling the outer shell of an ink cartridge, the one ink tank contains resulting in a product's productivity Kind contributes.
  • Since the outer shell of the ink cartridge is formed by hermetically sealing the first and second outer sheath components connected or interconnected, the disassembly and recycling of a spent cartridge are facilitated, which contributes to the saving of resources.
  • The present invention further provides an ink cartridge adapted to supply ink to a recording head by applying pressurized air generated by a compressed air pump, wherein:
    an ink tank made of ink-filled flexible material and accommodated in the ink cartridge;
    a pressure chamber provided between an outer shell part of the ink cartridge and the ink tank and to which the compressed air generated by the compressed air pump is to be applied;
    a compressed air inlet port provided in the outer shell portion of the ink cartridge for allowing the supply of the compressed air supplied from the compressed air pump; and
    an ink outlet portion provided in the ink container and allowing the ink to flow out of the ink container, wherein when the ink cartridge is detached from the recording application, the compressed air inlet port is released to thereby communicate the pressure chamber with the atmosphere , and the ink outlet portion is set in a closed state.
  • In In this case, the compressed air inlet opening is preferably integral with the outer shell part formed of the cartridge, of a cylindrical part, which defines an air channel in communication with the pressure chamber stands.
  • Preferably is the ink outlet portion provided in the ink tank is provided with a valve member, wherein when the ink cartridge is mounted on a recording device, the valve member in contact with a connection portion of the recording device passes and resets in the axial direction, whereby it is opened. Furthermore, when the ink cartridge from the recording device is removed, the valve member in the axial direction, whereby a closed state is maintained.
  • In In this case, in the preferred embodiment, the ink outlet section provided with a spring part for acting on the valve part, that it is presented in the axial direction.
  • Farther the ink outlet portion is located outside the outer shell portion through an opening section towards the free, in the outer shell part the ink cartridge is provided, and is an O-ring between the opening sections and the ink outlet portion. Furthermore, it is preferable an engaging part provided to a sealed state between the opening section and the ink outlet portion by pressurizing the O-ring to set up.
  • If in the ink cartridge according to the present Invention, the ink cartridge attached to a recording device is compressed air generated by the compressed air pump in the pressure chamber entered from the compressed air inlet port. The ink in the ink tank filled is the recording means by the Tintenauslassabschnitt supplied after receiving the compressed air.
  • If the ink cartridge is removed from the recording device will, the compressed air inlet opening - the in the outer shell part of Ink cartridge is provided, and is cylindrical - released, whereby the pressure chamber is immediately associated with the atmosphere becomes. Therefore, the pressurization state of the released in the ink cartridge stored in the ink tank.
  • Therefore can be a problem in terms of squirting or leaching out Turn off ink from the Tintenauslassabschnitt, which in the ink tank is provided.
  • Even in a state in which an ink cartridge is not attached to the recording device is attached and stored, the pressure chamber is constantly in Connection with the atmosphere, whereby an influence of the ambient temperature is switched off.
  • The present invention further provides an ink cartridge for use in a recording device, comprising: an ink container made of an ink-filled flexible material filled with ink, and a cartridge case formed hermetically sealed to receive the ink container, wherein when the ink cartridge is attached to a recording device, compressed air is entered into the cartridge housing, wherein provided are:
    a first and a second housing, which form the cartridge housing;
    a flange portion provided along an edge of an opening of a first housing; and
    a boss-shaped part provided on the second housing and engaged with the flange portion, whereby the first and second housings are connected together.
  • Preferably will if an ink tank in the first housing is added, the edge of the opening of the housing through a thin one Sealed film part, whereby a sealed state achieved and serves the second housing as a cover for preventing expansion of the film part, if compressed air acts on the foil part.
  • In In this state, preferably, a tapered surface and an engagement step portion every luscious Part provided so that when the second housing to the first housing attached, the rejuvenated surface over extending beyond the flange portion provided on the first housing is, and so that the engagement stage portion in engagement with the Flange section passes.
  • Preferably has the second housing a flat portion serving as a cover, and a Folding section, the one-piece with the flat section and perpendicular to it, and is the lobular Part on an inner surface provided the folding section.
  • In In this case, it is preferable to have a plurality of independent tab-shaped parts provided intermittently on an inner surface of the folding portion. Preferably, slot holes provided so that they pass through a flat section of the second housing so extend their place to the several independent, lobed parts corresponds, along the folding section.
  • at a preferred embodiment a film part is sealed by means of heat welding with the edge of the opening of the first housing connected.
  • at the ink cartridge according to the present Invention is the ink container, which is made of flexible material, and filled with ink, through a foil part sealed while he in the first case is included.
  • The second housing is with the first case connected to the ink tank picks up, making the second housing serves as a cover to prevent expansion of the film part, if compressed air acts on the foil part.
  • Therefore The hermetically sealed state of the ink cartridge is through ensured the film part. A deformation of the film part, the others would otherwise be caused if on the film part Compressed air acts effectively through the serving as a cover, second housing prevented.
  • In a case in which the second housing is connected to the first housing or is connected to this, the lobed part, that on the second case is provided, in engagement with the flange portion which extends along the Edge of the opening of the first housing extends. The first and second housings are connected together, whereby the outer mantle of Ink cartridge is formed.
  • Therefore The assembly and disassembly of an ink cartridge become easy achieved, which facilitates the recycling of the components of the ink cartridge contributes.
  • The lug-shaped Part that on the second case is provided is perpendicular to the inner surface of the folding portion provided to the flat portion which serves as a cover. The provision a rejuvenated one surface and an engagement portion extending beyond the flange portion it does not extend that is provided on the first housing easy, the first case and the second housing to connect with each other. Therefore, you can do it with a simple process the stacking of the first and second housing and of pressing one on the other connect the first and second housing. Therefore contributes this arrangement for easy assembly of an ink cartridge at.
  • There the slotted holes are provided so that they pass through the flat section of the upper housing extend so that their place that of the attachment parts along the flap section corresponds, the flap portion, on which provided the neck portions are, in terms of bending ability to be improved. A simple bendability of the folding section affects the way that relief is provided when the rejuvenated surface of each of the parts of the sentence the flange portion of the first housing moves out.
  • By This discharge is made possible for example, to prevent the problem of that area becoming white, in which the neck parts are provided, or the problem of a Cracking that would otherwise occur if too strong a mechanical Tension acts on the neck portions when the top and bottom Casing, both made of synthetic resin, are attached to each other.
  • In the ink cartridge of the above-described construction, when the ink cartridge is attached to a recording device and compressed air is inputted to a housing, a small amount of outward deformation occurs over the film part at the flat portion of the second housing, and therefore, the necked part becomes that on the inner surface of the folding section is provided orthogonal to the planar portion, inwardly inclined, due to the deformation of the flat portion.
  • Therefore gets the rudimentary Part operatively engaged with the flange portion of the second housing, thereby the first and second housings be kept in a firmly connected state.
  • The present invention further provides an ink cartridge for use in a recording device having an ink container made of flexible material and filled with ink, and a cartridge case housing the ink container and forming an outer shell, provided :
    an ink container pressing member, which is housed together with the ink container in the cartridge case, and which adjusts the volume of ink to be input to the ink container, according to the volume of the pressing member.
  • Preferably is the ink tank essentially rectangular formed, and as a bag, by sealing four sides of the Ink tank and is the pressure member received in the cartridge together with the ink tank is, frame-shaped formed with a window-shaped opening in its central section. Furthermore, four pages of the ink tank are going through the frame-shaped Pressurized part pressurized.
  • in the In the present case, the portions of the Andruckteils are opposite the four sides of the ink tank with rejuvenated Formed so that the sections gradually towards the window-shaped opening thinner be provided in the center of the pressure member to form inclined surfaces.
  • Preferably are the bevels as curved surfaces formed, and the pressure member made of elastic material.
  • Preferably the cartridge case is hermetic formed sealed, and is when compressed air entered into the housing is while the Ink cartridge is adapted to a recording device, the ink tank pressurized by air pressure.
  • Preferably consists of the cartridge housing from a first housing and a second housing, and are an ink tank and a pressing member accommodated in the first housing. Farther becomes the edge of the opening of the housing sealed a film part, whereby a sealed state achieved becomes. The second housing prevents an expansion of the film part, which otherwise caused would, if compressed air acts on the foil part.
  • Preferably is a lobular Part on the second housing intended. A rejuvenating surface and an engagement step portion are on each shoulder-shaped Tel provided so that when the first housing is attached to the second housing the tapered surface will over the Flange portion moves out, which provided on the first housing is, and so that the engagement stage portion in engagement with the Flange section passes.
  • at the ink cartridge according to the present Invention is an ink container, which is made of flexible material and filled with ink, in a cartridge case taken together with an ink tank pressure member. According to the volume of the pressure part, the volume of ink can be set, which is to be entered into the ink tank.
  • Different expressed Several types of pressure parts with different volumes are prepared. According to the volume of ink to be filled in the ink tank is selected, a pressing member is selected and received in the cartridge housing. The ink tank can in the case without the appearance of a large gap be absorbed, and so that he is essentially the interior of the housing occupies.
  • Independently of, whether the volume of ink to be filled in an ink tank is large or small is free movement of an ink container in the cartridge housing can be effectively prevented become. As described above, the problem of damage to a ink tank be turned off when on the ink tank a physical shock during the Transport acts.
  • In This case is a window - shaped opening in the Center of the pressure part, whereby an ink tank filled with ink, the has the shape of a bag, held by the pressure member so is that the peripheral edge of the ink container pressurized becomes.
  • Therefore the pressure part can be accommodated in the housing such that smooth it to the outer geometry of the ink tank is adjusted. Therefore, holding an ink tank when on the ink tank a physical one vibration improved to a significantly greater extent become.
  • If the above-described embodiment in an ink cartridge is used, in which compressed air entered into a cartridge housing is provided, a pressure member is provided, its volume is selected according to the volume of ink filled in an ink container, allowing the volume of compressed air that entered the cartridge housing is to be made to be within a predetermined range lies.
  • Therefore can be a time delay prevented from the time at which a recording device is turned on, would be present until the time at which the recording device is in a ready state, thereby improving the throughput rate of the recording device becomes.
  • The present invention further provides an ink jet recording apparatus in which an ink cartridge according to any one of claims 1 to 31 can be removably received, wherein:
    a recording head mounted on a carriage and reciprocated in the direction of the width of a recording paper; and
    a sub-tank which is refilled with ink from an ink cartridge via an ink supply channel and supplies ink to the recording head, wherein
    Ink from the ink cartridge is supplied to the sub tank by the action of air pressure applied to the ink cartridge.
  • In In this case, the ink supply channel extending from the ink cartridge extends to the sub-tank, preferably formed as a flexible ink supply pipe.
  • at a preferred embodiment Further, an ink supply valve is provided in the ink supply passage, which extends from the ink cartridge to the sub-tank, and will the ink supply valve opened or closed in dependence from a control signal received from an ink level detecting device for detecting the volume of ink remaining in the sub-tank is produced.
  • Farther is preferably an annular sealing part provided in a cartridge holder to which the ink cartridge is detachably attached; wherein, when the ink cartridge is attached to the cartridge holder is attached, the annular sealing part in close contact with an outer peripheral surface of a reaches cylindrical part, which defines an air duct, the communicates with a pressure chamber of the ink cartridge.
  • at a preferred embodiment is a cartridge holder on which the ink cartridge is removable is attached, with an opening / closing valve unit provided when the ink cartridge is attached to the cartridge holder becomes in contact with an ink outlet portion of the ink cartridge passes, and retracts in the axial direction, whereby it is opened; in which when no ink cartridge is attached to the cartridge holder is, the opening / closing valve unit in the axial direction, whereby a closed state is maintained.
  • In In this case, the opening / closing valve unit preferably provided with a hollow needle having an ink inlet hole and a sliding member; being when no ink cartridge on the cartridge holder is attached, the sliding part, after recording an urging force of the spring member, moved to a position, at which the sliding part of the ink inlet hole closes, the is provided in the hollow needle.
  • at the ink-jet recording device on which the ink cartridge according to the present Invention is to be attached, a required and sufficient Amount of ink to be fed to the sub tanks, which are on the slide are provided by the action of compressed air.
  • Therefore can even in a recording device in which ink a sub-tank over flexible ink supply tube is supplied from an ink cartridge, Pressure carried out continuously without being affected by the dynamic pressure of the ink supply tube.
  • An opening / closing unit, which presents itself in the axial direction, if no ink cartridge on the cartridge holder is attached to this case a closed Condition is provided in a cartridge holder, which is present at the recording device. This leads to, that if no ink cartridge is attached to the cartridge holder is, the opening / closing unit in the axial direction, and is kept closed, whereby the problem of pollution is prevented, otherwise by a reflux caused by ink from the sub-tank.
  • SUMMARY THE DRAWINGS
  • 1 Fig. 11 is a top view of an example of an ink jet recording apparatus which can use ink cartridges according to the present invention;
  • 2 is a schematic representation of an ink supply system, which differs from a Ink cartridge to a recording head in the in 1 extends recording device shown;
  • 3 Fig. 12 is a perspective view of the construction of a lower case forming the lower shell of the ink cartridge according to the present invention;
  • 4 Fig. 12 is a perspective view showing the construction of an upper case constituting the outer shell of the ink cartridge according to the present invention;
  • 5A is an enlarged view of a corner portion of the in 4 shown, upper housing;
  • 5B is an enlarged view of a corner portion of the in 3 shown upper housing;
  • 6 Fig. 15 is a cross-sectional view of a state in which the upper case is fixed to the lower case by vibration welding;
  • 7 is a cross-sectional view of the upper and lower housing, as seen from a line AA of 6 in the direction indicated by arrows;
  • 8A and 8B are enlarged, schematic representations of portions of the upper and lower housings when they are fastened to each other by means of vibration welding;
  • 9A and 9B Fig. 11 is an enlarged view of a part of the lower case when a heat-sealing foil is welded to the upper surface of an opening of the lower case;
  • 10 Fig. 12 is a schematic diagram showing that a contact surface provided on a cover member is hermetically sealed to a mating contact surface provided on the lower case, thereby maintaining a sealed state;
  • 11 Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view showing a state in which an ink cartridge is removed from a cartridge holder of a recording device;
  • 12 Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view showing a state in which the ink cartridge is attached to the cartridge holder;
  • 13 Fig. 10 is a perspective view showing the appearance and construction of the ink cartridge according to the present invention;
  • 14 FIG. 10 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of the ink cartridge as seen from the line BB of FIG 13 out, in the direction indicated by arrows;
  • 15 FIG. 10 is a perspective view showing the construction of an ink pack shown in FIG 13 recorded ink cartridge is received;
  • 16 is a partially enlarged cross-sectional view showing a state in which the ink pack is sealed in the lower housing by means of a film part is taken;
  • 17 Fig. 12 is a perspective view of the corner portion of the upper case as viewed from the inner surface of the corner portion;
  • 18 is a perspective view of the corner portion of the upper housing, as seen from above;
  • 19 Fig. 12 is a perspective view of the entire ink cartridge as viewed from the upper case thereof;
  • 20 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view showing the end portion on one side of the ink cartridge and the construction of a link mechanism provided on the cartridge holder;
  • 21 Fig. 12 is a perspective view showing the connection mechanism provided on the cartridge holder;
  • 22A and 22B Figs. 15 are cross-sectional views showing the construction of an ink discharge plug provided on the cartridge and the construction of an ink discharge pipe provided on the cartridge holder;
  • 23 Fig. 10 is an enlarged view showing a printed circuit board mounted on the cartridge;
  • 24A and 24B are perspective views showing the appearance and construction of the circuit board of 23 on a considerably enlarged scale;
  • 25 Fig. 10 is a perspective view showing the appearance and construction of a pressing member accommodated in the cartridge together with the ink container;
  • 26A is a front view showing the in 25 illustrated pressing part shows;
  • 26B and 26C are cross-sectional views of the in 25 illustrated Andruckteils;
  • 27 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view showing the cartridge when the ink tank filled with a small amount of ink is accommodated in the housing together with the pressing member;
  • 28A to 28C Fig. 11 is an exploded perspective view showing a preferable example of an ink cartridge according to the present invention;
  • 29 FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of the construction of the ink cartridge taken along the line EE of FIG 28 ;
  • 30 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred example of an ink cartridge according to the present invention, showing a construction for fixing the peripheral portion of the ink container;
  • 31 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred example of an ink cartridge according to the present invention, showing a construction for fixing the peripheral portion of the ink container;
  • 32A to 32C Fig. 15 are perspective views of another preferred example of an ink cartridge according to the present invention, showing a construction for fixing the peripheral portion of the ink container;
  • 33 FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of the construction of the ink cartridge along the line FF of FIG 32 ;
  • 34 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred example of an ink cartridge according to the present invention, showing a construction for fixing the peripheral portion of the ink container;
  • 35 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred example of an ink cartridge according to the present invention, showing a construction of the peripheral portion of the ink container; and
  • 36 Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view of an example of a prior art ink cartridge.
  • DESCRIPTION THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • Examples for one Ink cartridge for understanding useful in the present invention is, as well as according to the present Invention, and an ink jet recording device, which the ink cartridge used are shown with reference to FIG. preferred embodiments described.
  • Inkjet recording device
  • 1 Fig. 11 is a plan view of an example of an ink jet recording apparatus which can use ink cartridges according to the present invention.
  • In 1 is with the reference numeral 1 a carriage called. The sled 1 is formed so that it reciprocates in the longitudinal direction of a paper feed part 5 performs; that is, in the primary scanning direction, equal to the direction of the width of recording paper while being guided by a scanning guide member 4 with the help of a synchronous belt 3 by a carriage motor 2 is driven.
  • Although in 1 not shown is an ink jet recording head explained in more detail below 6 on the surface of the sled 1 attached, the surface of which the paper feed part 5 opposite. under tanks 7a to 7d for supplying ink to the recording head are on the carriage 1 appropriate.
  • In the present embodiment, there are four subtanks 7a to 7d provided so as to correspond to the kinds of the ink, and formed so as to temporarily store the ink therein.
  • The sub tanks 7a to 7d are formed so that black ink, yellow ink, ink with the color magenta, and ink with the color cyan the subtanks 7a to 7d from corresponding main tanks 9a to 9d via flexible ink supply hoses 10 be supplied. The main tanks 9a to 9d , so ink cartridges, are on a cartridge holder 8th mounted on the device main body of the recording device.
  • A cap cover device 11 which can seal a plane forming a nozzle of the recording head is disposed in an area where no pressure is applied (that is, at the home position) on the moving path of the carriage 1 , A cap part 11a which is made of flexible material, for example, rubber, and which can seal a nozzle-forming plane of the recording head is at the upper upper surface of the cap cover device 11 appropriate.
  • The cap part 11a is formed so that the nozzle formation plane of the recording head is sealed when the carriage 1 is moved to the starting position.
  • During the period in which the recording device is not in operation, the cap cover part seals 11a the nozzle forming plane of the recording head, and thus functions as a cover to prevent drying out of nozzle openings. Although not shown, one end of a hose of a suction pump (that is, a peristaltic pump) is attached to the cap cover member 11a is connected so that a negative pressure generated by the suction pump is applied to the recording head, thereby performing a cleaning operation, so that the recording head ejects ink due to the suction effect.
  • A wiper made of an elastic material such as rubber 12 is near the cap capping device 11 and on the side of a printing area with respect to the cap cover device 11 arranged to wipe and clean the nozzle formation plane of the recording head as required.
  • 2 Fig. 12 schematically shows an ink supply system extending from an ink cartridge to a recording head in the recording head of the present invention 1 extends recording device shown. The ink supply system will now be described with reference to FIG 2 in connection with 1 described, wherein like components are designated by the same reference numerals.
  • Like from the 1 and 2 indicates the reference numeral 21 a compressed air pump forming a pressurizing unit. The air coming from the compressed air pump 21 is pressurized, is a pressure control valve 22 fed. The compressed air is the respective main tanks 9a to 9d supplied (the main tanks are in 2 just by the reference number 9 and the main tanks are often singular only using the reference numeral 9 designated) via a pressure detector 23 ,
  • The pressure control valve 22 has the job to the main tanks 9a to 9d applied air pressure to keep within a predetermined range, by releasing pressure when from the compressed air pump 21 pressurized air has reached a predetermined pressure level or more.
  • The pressure detector 23 works by measuring the pressure of the air from the compressed air pump 21 is pressurized, and the operation of the compressed air pump 21 controls.
  • Specifically, it interrupts when it has detected that of the compressed air pump 21 pressurized air has reached a predetermined pressure level, the pressure detector 23 the operation of the compressed air pump 21 based on the measurement result. In contrast, when it has determined that the air pressure has dropped below a predetermined pressure level, the pressure detector 23 a control operation through to the compressed air pump 21 put into operation. By repeating these operations, the air pressure flowing to the main tanks 9a to 9d is held within the predetermined range.
  • The details of the construction of the main tank 9 will be described later. As from the schematic diagram of the construction of the main tank 9 in 2 shows, is the outer shell of the main tank 9 hermetically sealed trained. An ink tank 24 which is filled with ink and made of elastic material is in the main tank 9 added.
  • The space created by the combination of the main tank 9 and the ink tank 24 is formed, forms a pressure chamber 25 , and the compressed air becomes the pressure chamber 25 with the help of the pressure detector 23 fed.
  • With such a construction, the ink tanks are 24 in the main tanks 9a to 9d are subjected to the pressure resulting from the compressed air, thereby removing ink from the main tanks 9a to 9d to the corresponding subtanks 7a to 7d flows under a predetermined pressure.
  • The ink in each of the main tanks 9a to 9d is pressurized, the corresponding sub-tank 7a to 7d fed, each on the carriage 1 are mounted, via an associated ink supply valve 26 and an associated ink supply tube 20 (the sub tanks are in 2 only by using the reference symbol 7 and subsequently, the subtanks are often singularized using the reference numeral 7 described).
  • As in 2 shown is a float part 31 in the sub-tank 7 provided, and is a permanent magnet 32 on a part of the float part 31 appropriate. Magnetoelectric transducer elements 33a and 33b , which may be formed as Hall elements about are on a circuit board 34 attached, and the circuit board 34 is close to the sidewall of the sub tank 7 arranged.
  • As a result of such an arrangement, the permanent magnet form 32 who is on the float part 31 is provided, and the Hall elements 33a and 33b Ink level detector devices. Depending on the number of magnetic lines of force in the permanent magnet 32 depending on the position of the float part 31 arise, an electrical output signal from the Hall elements 33a and 33b generated.
  • If the level of in the sub-tank 7 stored ink has dropped, that moves in the sub-tank 7 recorded float part 31 under the influence of gravity. According to this movement, the permanent magnet moves 32 in the same direction.
  • The electrical output signal from the Hall elements 33a and 33b according to the movement of the permanent magnet 32 can be detected as the level of ink that is in the sub-tank 7 located. Based on the electrical output signal from the Hall elements 33a and 33b is generated, the ink supply valve 26 open. This causes ink under pressure in the main tank 9 every corresponding sub-tank 7 is fed, in which the ink level has dropped.
  • When in the sub-tank 7 stored ink has risen to a predetermined level becomes the ink supply valve 26 closed on the basis of the electrical output signal, that of the Hall elements 33a and 33b is produced.
  • By repeating these operations, ink becomes intermittent from the main tank 9 the sub-tank 7 supplied, thereby constantly supplying a substantially predetermined amount of ink in each sub-tank 7 is kept.
  • The sub-tank 7 is designed so that ink from the sub-tank 7 the recording head 6 via a valve 35 and a hose connected to it 36 is supplied. On the basis of print data, the unillustrated actuator of the recording head 6 are fed, ink drops of nozzle openings 6a ejected in the nozzle forming plane of the recording head 6 are provided.
  • In 2 denotes the reference numeral 11 the cap capping device described above, and is a hose connected to the cap capping device 11 is connected to a suction pump, not shown (ie a peristaltic pump) connected.
  • ink cartridge
  • ink cartridges according to embodiments The present invention will be described sequentially starting from with an ink cartridge according to a first embodiment.
  • First embodiment
  • The 3 to 5 show an ink cartridge (a main tank) according to the first embodiment of the present invention to be used in the ink jet recording apparatus.
  • 3 Fig. 12 is a perspective view showing the overall structure of a lower case constituting the outer shell of the main tank and serving as a first outer shell component. A lower case 41 is designed in the form of a shallow box. The upper surface of the lower case 41 is open, and an ink tank 24 that is filled with ink is in the lower case 41 added.
  • A continuous welding surface 42 is along the entire peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 provided so that it is in a substantially flat, individual imaginary plane. An upright flange section 43 is integral on the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 along the outer periphery of the weld surface 42 intended.
  • 5B is an enlarged view of a corner section which is in 3 is denoted by B.
  • As will be described below, the upright flange portion 43 intended to prevent spattering of particles, which would otherwise be caused when a guide (material to be welded) provided on an upper case is scraped off by frictional action when the upper case serves as a second outer jacket member at the in 3 shown, lower housing 41 is attached by vibration welding, as will be described below.
  • Grid-shaped reinforcing ribs 44 are on the lower surface of the lower case 41 provided, a surface of the lower housing 41 leading to the formation of the pressure chamber 25 is used to deformation the lower case 41 as a result of compressed air.
  • If the lower case 41 For example, by injection molding, the reinforcing ribs 44 in one piece and simultaneously with the lower housing 41 produced. As will be explained below, the upper housing is hermetically sealed to the lower housing 41 attached to form an inner pressure chamber. In this case, prevent the lattice-shaped amplifier kung rip 44 the occurrence of a deformation, otherwise in the direction orthogonal to the surface of the lower housing 41 would be caused by the air pressure acting on the inner pressure chamber.
  • In other words, the formation of the latticed reinforcing ribs allows 44 in the manner described above, an increase in the strength of the lower housing 41 in the direction orthogonal to the surface of the lower housing 41 , Therefore, the present embodiment can also contribute to a reduction in the amount of synthetic resin used for forming a lower case.
  • In this case, even if the reinforcing ribs 44 on the outside of the lower case 41 are provided, the same gain effects achieved. In a case where the in 3 shown, grid-shaped ribs 44 on the outside of the lower case 41 are provided, it is difficult to attach a label to a cartridge with a mark indicating the mark or identification of the cartridge. For this reason, it is preferable to the ribs 44 on the lower surface of the lower case 41 on the in 3 to provide shown manner.
  • As in 3 shown is a pair of guide holes 45 at one end in the longitudinal direction of the lower housing 41 intended. If the outer jacket of an ink cartridge passes through the lower case 41 is formed together with the upper housing, which will be described below, the guide holes 45 adapted and positioned by a pair of guide pins provided on the cartridge holder of the recording device.
  • Next shows 4 the entire construction of the upper housing, which forms the main tank. An upper case 51 is formed in the shape of a shallow box, the center of which is slightly recessed. The upper case 51 is designed to act as a cover of the lower case 41 serves.
  • A continuous guide device (ie a material to be welded) 52 , which by friction welding in contact with the welding surface 42 is to be connected along the circumference of the upper housing 51 provided so that it is in a substantially flat, individual imaginary plane. 5A shows an enlarged view of the corner portion, which in 4 is denoted by A.
  • As in the case of the lower case 41 are latticed reinforcing ribs 53 on the lower ceiling surface of the upper case 51 provided, so the surface of the upper housing 51 that the pressure chamber 25 determines a deformation of the surface of the upper case 51 otherwise caused by atmospheric pressure.
  • In a case where the upper case 51 For example, is formed by injection molding, the reinforcing ribs 53 in one piece and simultaneously with the upper housing 51 educated. In a case where the upper case 51 hermetically sealed to the lower housing 41 is mounted, whereby the inner pressure chamber is formed, prevent the lattice-shaped reinforcing ribs 53 a deformation, otherwise in the direction orthogonal to the surface of the upper housing 51 would occur due to the air pressure acting on the inner pressure chamber.
  • As described above, even in the case of the upper case 51 the reinforcing ribs 53 on the lower ceiling surface (that is, an inner surface) of the upper case 51 whereby it is considered to avoid a difficulty in attaching a label with a mark on the surface of a cartridge indicating the mark or designation of the cartridge.
  • 6 FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view showing a state in which the upper case. FIG 51 on the lower housing 41 is attached by vibration welding, and 7 is a cross-sectional view along an arrow line AA of 6 , In the 6 and 7 For example, like elements as those already described are denoted by like reference numerals.
  • Like from the 6 and 7 shows, the ink tank 24 previously filled with ink in the lower case 41 taken from above, before the vibration welding. An ink outlet section 55 which the ink container 24 covers, and forms a Tintenauslassöffnung lies to the outside of the lower housing 41 with the help of an opening section 46 free in the lateral end portion of the lower housing 41 is provided.
  • In this condition is an O-ring 56 adjacent to the opening portion 46 provided, and is an annular engagement part 57 to the opening section 46 from outside the lower case 41 pressed and attached thereto, so that the Tintenauslassabschnitt 55 of the ink tank 24 at the opening portion 46 of the lower case 41 can be attached.
  • As mentioned above, the inks outlet 55 of the ink tank 24 on the lower housing 41 mounted so that the annular engagement part 57 the O-ring 56 squeezing at the opening 46 is attached. Therefore, the space between the opening portion becomes 46 in the lower case 41 is provided, and the Tintenauslassabschnitt 55 of the ink tank 24 hermetically sealed.
  • After the ink tank 24 in this way inside the lower case 41 was attached, the upper case 51 on the lower case 41 Hang up, and be the case 41 and 51 connected by vibration welding. This in 7 shown reference number 47 denotes an air inlet port to which compressed air is supplied, which is generated by the above-described compressed air pump.
  • The 8A and 8B show enlarges a portion of the lower housing 41 and a portion of the upper housing 51 if the case 41 and 51 be connected by vibration welding. In detail, as in 8A shown, the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 from below by a fixed vibration welding jig 61 supported. The peripheral edge of the upper housing 51 is from the top by a movable vibration welding jig 62 pressurized.
  • As in 8A 2, upon receiving a driving force from an unillustrated actuator, the movable vibration welding jig operates 62 so that they put a load on the upper case 51 in the direction of gravity and vibration in the horizontal direction exerts.
  • The guiding device 52 on the upper case 51 is provided slides on the welding surface 42 of the lower case 41 while the load on the guide 52 acts.
  • By frictional heat, which is between the guide 52 and the welding surface 42 developed, become a section of the guide 52 on the upper case 51 is provided, and a portion of the welding surface 42 on the lower case 41 is intended to be fused together.
  • While continuing a load on the upper case 51 is applied, the horizontal vibration movement of the movable vibration welding jig 62 interrupted, leaving the upper case 51 hermetically sealed with the lower housing 41 is connected as in 8B is shown.
  • As mentioned above, the upright flange portion 43 along the outer periphery of the weld surface 42 of the lower case 41 intended. Even if the guide 52 on the upper case 51 is provided during the vibration welding process generates particles, the upright flange portion 43 reduce the extent of splashing of the particles.
  • The outer shell, which is formed as described above and serves as an ink cartridge, is formed hermetically sealed by the fusion of the resin of the upper case 51 and the lower case 41 , Therefore, the outer jacket may preferably be used for use in an ink-jet recording device configured to introduce air pressure into main tanks serving as ink cartridges, as described above.
  • The The above description relates to an example in which the upper case, as the second outer shell component serves hermetically sealed by vibration welding with the lower case is connected, which serves as the first, outer shell component. A heat-welding device, The later can be described as a device for hermetically sealed fastening of the upper and lower housing with each other be used.
  • The 9A and 9B schematically show a state in which a sheet-like part 64 serving as the second outer shell component by heat to the lower housing 41 welded, which serves as the first, outer shell component.
  • In this case, a part of appropriate construction as in the case, already with reference to 3 described as used as a lower housing.
  • As in the case of the vibration welding process, which in the 6 and 7 is shown, before welding by the action of heat of the film-shaped part 64 with the lower case 41 the ink tank filled with ink 24 in the lower case 41 taken from above.
  • Then, the ink outlet portion becomes 55 that is attached to the ink tank 24 is attached, outside the lower case 41 exposed, through the opening section 46 , at the bottom of the lower case 41 is provided. The O-ring 56 becomes sealing by the annular engagement part 57 held so that the Tintenauslassabschnitt 55 of the ink tank 24 at the opening portion 46 of the lower case 41 is attached.
  • As partially in 9A is shown is the welding surface 42 continuously along the entire peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 provided so that it is in a substantially flat, single, imaginary plane. The heat-welding foil 64 is caused by heat with the continuous welding surface 42 welded along the peripheral edge of the lower case 41 is provided.
  • As in 9A shown, the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 by a stationary jig 66 supported.
  • The heat-welding foil 64 is arranged so that it is the welding surface 42 covering, along the peripheral edge of the lower case 41 is provided. In this state becomes a heating piece 67 from above to the welding surface 42 lowered, extending along the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 extends, creating under pressure the heat-sealing foil 64 with the welding plane 42 is connected.
  • This causes the heat-sealing foil 64 with the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 is welded, and hermetically sealed with this is connected.
  • The pressure chamber 25 can be hermetically sealed in the lower case 41 be formed by connecting the opening in the upper surface of the lower housing 41 by using the heat-welding foil 64 ,
  • The heat-welding foil 64 has comparatively flexible properties. Therefore, when the ink cartridge is attached to the recording device in this state, the heat-sealing film expands 64 Upon exposure to the compressed air, which is supplied from the compressed air pump, and therefore leads to a technical problem, namely that the air pressure in the pressure chamber 25 passing through the lower case 41 and the heat-sealing foil 64 is formed, is unstable.
  • 9B shows a construction for solving such a problem. As in 9B shown is a reinforcement part 71 provided to the heat-sealing foil 64 Cover from the top. An engaging section 71a , which removably engages the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 is united, united along the peripheral edge of the reinforcing member 71 intended.
  • As a result of this construction, even when the heat-welding foil passes 64 tries to expand, due to the fact that compressed air of the pressure chamber 25 is fed through the lower housing 41 and the heat-sealing foil 64 is formed, the heat-sealing foil 64 in contact with the surface of the reinforcing member 71 , causing an expansion of the heat-sealing foil 64 is prevented.
  • Even in the case of an ink cartridge having the above-described construction, a pressure chamber between the lower housing 41 and the heat-sealing foil 64 be formed. The ink cartridge may preferably be used for use with an ink jet recording device configured to input compressed air into ink cartridges, as described above.
  • 10 schematically shows a further modification of the construction of the ink cartridge.
  • At the in 10 a modified contact surface is provided on the cover forming the second outer shell component and a conformable, close-contacting, continuous surface is provided on the housing forming the first outer shell component; so that it can be brought into close contact with the former surface, thereby maintaining the hermetically sealed state of the cover and the housing.
  • The end of the lower case and the end of the cover are in cross section in 10 shown, and an arcuate, adapted contact surface 73 is protruding along the entire peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 provided, which serves as the first, outer shell component.
  • An arcuate contact surface 76 which is designed to be in close contact with the adapted contact surface 73 passes along the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 is provided, except in the peripheral edge of a cover 75 provided, which serves as the second, outer shell component.
  • An engaging section 77 , which removably engages the peripheral edge of the lower housing 41 is in one piece on the cover 75 intended. By the action of the engaging portion 77 hold the case 41 and the cover 75 maintain a hermetically sealed condition.
  • Even with an ink cartridge having such a construction, a pressure chamber between the lower housing 41 and the cover 75 be formed. Therefore, the ink cartridge may preferably be used for use in an ink jet recording apparatus. which is designed so that compressed air is entered into ink cartridges, as described above.
  • Also in the case of in 10 As shown, an ink tank, which has previously been filled with ink, is placed in the lower case 41 introduced, which serves as the first, outer shell component. In this state, the cover is 75 , which serves as the second outer shell component, on top of the housing 41 in the same way as that described in connection with the embodiment comprising the modification.
  • As From the above description is apparent in the Ink cartridge according to the first embodiment an ink tank received in the ink cartridge, and is an outer shell part of the ink cartridge formed so that at least a first and a second outer shell component hermetically sealed together. Therefore, to Formation of an ink cartridge product of the first and the second outer shell component be connected to each other in a state in which one with ink filled ink tank was installed.
  • There the first and second outer shell components be hermetically sealed together, that will be Disassembling and recycling a used cartridge facilitates which contributes to saving resources.
  • Second embodiment
  • When next is an ink cartridge according to the second embodiment of the present invention. The ink cartridge according to the present Invention is characterized in that when the ink cartridge is removed from the recording device, the inlet opening for compressed air, which is provided in the cartridge, is released, thereby immediately a pressure chamber between the outer shell portion of the ink cartridge and the ink tank is present, in conjunction with the atmosphere is added.
  • An opening section 58 is in the front end of the lower case 41 provided in which the Tintenauslassabschnitt 55 is present in the above-described manner. When the ink cartridge is in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, an ink receiving connection portion, which will be explained later, and on the cartridge holder 8th is provided in the opening section 58 into it, like this in the 11 and 12 is shown. Therefore, the ink outlet portion 55 provided in the ink cartridge are connected to the ink receiving connection portion provided in the cartridge holder 8th is provided.
  • The ink outlet section 55 is with a valve part 59 provided, which in the axial direction after contact with a connecting portion of the cartridge holder 8th which will be explained below so as to be open. The valve part 59 is by a spring part 60 so charged that it is presented in the axial direction.
  • The valve part 59 that through the spring part 60 is acted upon so that it is presented in the axial direction, is against an annular sealing part 61 pressed, in the center of a through hole 61a is provided. Therefore, the ink outlet portion becomes 55 closed like this in 11 is shown.
  • The compressed air inlet opening 47 in the lower case 41 is provided, so that housing which forms the outer jacket of the ink cartridge is formed as a cylindrical part which defines an air passage, which communicates with the pressure chamber 25 communicates. The cylindrical part is integral with or combined with the lower housing 41 formed, and protrudes toward the front end portion of the cartridge.
  • An opening section 164 is in the area at the front end portion of the lower case 41 corresponding to the compressed air inlet opening 47 intended. As in 12 shown, then passes when the ink cartridge in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, a Druckluftzufuhrabschnitt in the cartridge holder 8th is provided in the opening section 77 so that a seal member provided in the compressed air supply section is in close contact with the outer peripheral surface of the compressed air inlet port 47 arrives, and is connected to this.
  • An ink receiving connection section 71 is prominent in the center of the cartridge holder 8th intended.
  • An opening / closing valve unit 72 is in the connection section 71 intended. When the ink cartridge is in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, pulls the opening / closing valve unit 72 in the axial direction after contact with the ink outlet section 55 the ink cartridge back, and thereby opens. If no ink cartridge in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, the opening / closing valve unit 72 in the axial direction, and is kept closed.
  • The opening / closing unit 72 is with a hollow needle 73 provided in which ink inlet holes 73a are provided, and with a ringförmi sliding part 75 , The annular sliding part 75 is slidably provided so that it is the outer circumference of the hollow needle 73 surrounds. If no ink cartridge in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, moves the annular slide 75 to a place where there are the ink inlet holes 73a that closes in the hollow needle 73 are provided, after receiving a biasing force of a spring 74 ,
  • At the in 11 shown case in which no ink cartridge in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, turns the annular slide 75 after receiving the loading force of the spring part 74 before, eliminating the ink inlet holes 73a closed in the hollow needle 73 are provided.
  • At the in 12 shown case in which an ink cartridge in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, the Tintenauslassabschnitt passes 55 in contact with the annular sliding part 75 , which causes the sliding part 75 withdraws. This causes the ink inlet holes 73a the hollow needle 73 be exposed and open so that they allow the inflow of ink.
  • At the same time, the end penetrates the top of the hollow needle 73 of the cartridge holder 8th the through hole 61a of the sealing part 61 the ink cartridge, and thus comes into contact with the valve member 59 , This causes the valve part 59 retracts in the axial direction, whereby the Tintenauslassabschnitt 55 the ink cartridge is opened.
  • As by the in 12 indicated arrow, ink from the ink cartridge to the cartridge holder 8th be supplied.
  • At the same time also enters the compressed air inlet opening 47 , which forms a compressed air inlet opening of the cartridge, in the annular sealing part 78 of the compressed air supply section 77 inside, in the cartridge holder 8th is provided.
  • The sealing part 78 comes into close contact with the outer peripheral surface of the compressed air inlet opening 47 , and is connected to this. As by the in 12 indicated arrow, compressed air can enter the pressure chamber 75 the cartridge can be entered.
  • If an ink cartridge from the cartridge holder 8th is removed, the compressed air inlet opening 67 connected to the pressure chamber 25 the cartridge communicates, released from the sealed state, wherein the inlet opening 47 through the sealing part 48 of the compressed air supply section 77 of the cartridge holder 8th was sealed.
  • Therefore, the pressure chamber 25 the cartridge immediately with the atmosphere through the air duct of the compressed air inlet opening 47 connected. Therefore, the pressurizing state of the ink tank immediately becomes too 74 canceled.
  • Also the ink outlet section 55 the ink cartridge is closed, preventing a leak of ink that would otherwise be caused by the force of gravity.
  • At the same time, the ink receiving connection portion becomes too 71 of the cartridge holder 8th closed, creating a flow in the opposite direction of ink from the sub-tank 9 is prevented.
  • As described above, in the ink cartridge according to the second embodiment of the present invention, when the ink cartridge is detached from the recording device, the compressed air inlet port becomes 47 released, which is provided in the cartridge, whereby immediately the pressure chamber between the outer shell portion of the cartridge and the ink container 74 is formed, is added in conjunction with the atmosphere. Therefore, immediately becomes the pressurizing state of the ink container 74 repealed, causing inadvertent leakage or leakage of ink from the ink container 74 is prevented.
  • The recording device into which the ink cartridge is to be loaded is with the opening / closing valve unit 72 Mistake. If no ink cartridge in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced, therefore, the opening / closing valve unit arises 72 in the axial direction, and is kept closed, thereby preventing the problem of contamination, otherwise by the flow in the opposite direction of ink from the sub-tank 9 would be caused.
  • Third embodiment
  • Next, an ink cartridge according to a third embodiment of the present invention will be described. The 13 to 15 show an ink cartridge (a main tank) 100 according to the third embodiment of the present invention. 13 Fig. 10 is a perspective view showing the entire construction of a main tank. 14 FIG. 10 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of the ink cartridge as viewed from the in FIG 13 shown line BB in the direction indicated by arrows. 15 Fig. 10 is a perspective view showing the construction of an ink tank 124 shows, which is accommodated in an outer shell casing which in 13 is shown.
  • As in the 13 and 14 shown, the outer shell is through an upper housing 141 serving as a second housing (the second outer shell component) and a lower housing 142 formed as a first housing (the first, outer shell component).
  • The lower case 142 has the shape of a flat box, and the top of the lower case 142 is open. An ink tank filled with ink 124 (please refer 15 ) can in the lower case 142 be recorded.
  • In the present embodiment, as in FIG 14 shown to the four sides of the ink tank 124 to attach in the lower case 142 is included, a four-sided intermediate cover 143 For example, which consists of styrene foam, and whose center is opened in the form of a window, in the ink cartridge 100 introduced. As will be explained in more detail below, a film part 144 , which is shown by a solid line, by the action of heat with a flange portion 142a welded along an end edge of the opening of the lower housing 142 is provided, whereby the lower housing 142 hermetically sealed.
  • The upper case 141 , which has the shape of a flat box, is placed on the lower case 142 attached.
  • The upper case 141 serves as a cover to prevent expansion to the outside of the film part 144 which would otherwise be caused if the film part 144 the compressed air is exposed. The upper case 141 is through a flat section 141b formed, which serves as the cover member, and a folding portion 141c that is integral with the flat section 141b is formed, and a right angle with the flat portion 141b forms.
  • Wedge-shaped attachment parts 141 are intermittent along the inner surface of the flap portion 141c intended. If the upper case 141 on the lower case 142 is pressed, get the neck parts 141 in engagement with the flange portion 142a extending along the peripheral edge of the opening of the lower housing 142 extends, making the upper housing 141 and the lower case 142 be connected to each other.
  • When compressed air enters the lower case 142 is filled by the film part 144 is sealed, the film part 144 arranged so that it is in contact with the entire inner surface of the upper case 141 passes, causing an expansion to the outside of the film part 144 prevented, which would otherwise be caused if the film part 144 the compressed air is exposed.
  • 15 shows the structure of the ink tank 124 which is received in the outer shell, which is formed as described above.
  • Two sheets of rectangular flexible material, such as polyethylene film, become the ink container 124 used. To the gas barrier properties of the ink tank 124 For example, an aluminum foil or, for example, another metal foil is laminated on the surface of each foil. An ink outlet section 150 which forms an ink discharge port is substantially in the center of the one side end portion of the ink container 124 appropriate.
  • Three sides, so the end portion in the lateral direction, the Tintenauslassabschnitt 150 and the end portions on the side of the longitudinal direction orthogonal to the end portion in the lateral direction are first joined by heat welding to form a bag. The reference number 124b denotes a heat-sealed portion in each of the three sides.
  • Ink gets into the ink tank 124 from the remaining, one, open side of the ink container 124 filled out, which was designed as a bag. This remaining side is then heat-sealed to the ink container 124 to provide in which sealed ink is stored. The reference number 124c denotes a heat-sealed portion on the remaining side.
  • 16 is an enlarged partial view showing how the ink tank 124 in the lower case 142 through the film part 144 is sealed. First, the lower case 142 on a fixed jig 161 arranged, using the flange portion 142a extending along the peripheral edge of the opening of the lower housing 142 extends.
  • The ink tank 124 will be in the lower case 142 and then the four-sided intermediate cover 143 , whose center is opened in the form of a window, in the lower case 142 Introduced to the four sides of the ink tank 124 pressurize and hold.
  • In this state, the film part 144 arranged so that it is the flange section 142a covers, extending along the peripheral edge of the opening of the lower housing 142 extends.
  • Then a heater head becomes 162 which is formed to have a flat surface of a similar shape to that of a flat surface of the flange portion 142a of the lower case 142 has lowered, causing the film part 144 is heated, which the flange portion 142a covers. This causes the film part 144 by the action of heat along the flange portion 142a of the lower case 142 is welded, and the lower housing 142 through the film part 144 hermetically sealed.
  • The 17 and 18 are enlarged views illustrating the construction of sections of the upper housing 141 show that on the lower case 142 to be attached, through the film part 144 is sealed, as described above. In particular, the attachment parts 141 intermittently on the inner surface of the folding section 141c of the upper case 141 provided, and is the environment of the attachment parts 141 shown enlarged.
  • 17 is a perspective view of the corner portion of the upper housing 141 seen from the inner surface of the corner section, and 18 is a perspective view of the corner portion of the upper housing 141 , seen from above.
  • As in 17 shown is a tapered surface 141d on the neck part 141 provided so that its thickness gradually from the lower end of the flap portion 141c to the flat section 141b increases, which serves as a cover. An engagement stage section 141e is at the end of the tapered surface 141d opposite the plane section 141b intended.
  • As in 18 shown are slotted holes 141f provided so that they pass through the flat section 141b of the upper case 141 extend, according to the location of the neck portions 141 , and elongated along the folding section 141c are formed.
  • The upper case 141 is on the lower case 142 put on and pressed against this, leaving the tapered surface 141d each of the attachment parts 141 in sliding contact with the side surface of the flange portion 142a passes along the peripheral edge of the opening of the lower housing 142 extends.
  • If the upper case 141 continue against the lower case 142 is pressed, get the neck parts 141 over the flange section 142a out on the lower case 142 is provided. Therefore, the flange portion becomes 142a of the lower case 142 in the intervention levels 141e the neck parts 141 fitted, making the upper housing 141 and the lower case 142 be attached to each other.
  • In this case, since the slotted holes 141f through the flat section 141b of the upper case 141 and along its folding section 141c so that their place extends to that of the attachment parts 141 corresponds, the folding section 141c who the neck parts 141 improved in terms of easier flexibility.
  • The simple bendability of the folding section 141c The effect is to provide a relief when the tapered surface 141d each of the attachment parts 141 over the flange section 142a of the lower case 142 extends beyond.
  • The provision of such relief, for example, is effective in eliminating a problem that the areas become white in which the neck portions 141 are provided, or the problem of cracks that would otherwise be caused if excessive mechanical stress on the neck parts 141 act when the upper and the lower housing, both made of synthetic resin, are fastened together.
  • 19 is a perspective view of the entire main ink tank 100 serving as the ink cartridge constructed as described above, seen from above its upper case.
  • In the present embodiment, there are five slot holes 141f on each side in the longitudinal direction of the upper housing 141 intended. Accordingly, the attachment parts 141 provided at regular intervals, according to the slotted holes 141f , Furthermore, there are two slot holes 141f on each side in the transverse direction of the upper housing 141 intended. Accordingly, the attachment parts 141 also provided so that they the slot holes 141f correspond.
  • In the main tank 100 , that is, in the ink cartridge as mentioned above, as in FIG 13 shown is a pair of open holes 151 provided to be used as a positioning device at the time of introducing the ink cartridge into the recording device, in a surface of the cartridge housing.
  • The two opening holes 151 are spaced apart along the longitudinal direction of the one surface of the lower housing 142 arranged. If the lower case 142 For example, is produced by injection molding, the Öff voltage holes 151 united and simultaneously with the lower housing 142 formed.
  • The ink outlet section 150 which forms an ink discharge port for the ink container becomes at a location substantially midway between the positioning hole openings 151 attached, which are provided in two places. A compressed air inlet opening 152 and a circuit board 153 , which will be explained in more detail below, are outside the two opening holes 151 intended.
  • Simultaneously with the molding of the lower housing 142 becomes the compressed air inlet opening 152 hollow and united with the lower case 142 formed. Compressed air can be in the lower housing 142 be entered through the film part 144 is sealed, via the compressed air inlet opening 152 ,
  • 20 shows the cross section of an end portion on a surface of the main tank 100 serving as the ink cartridge having the above construction, and shows that the main tank 100 at a connection mechanism 155 attached to the cartridge holder 8th the recording device is provided.
  • 21 is a perspective view showing the connection mechanism 155 pointing at the cartridge holder 8th is provided.
  • As in the 20 and 21 are shown are two columnar positioning pins 156 on the cartridge holder 8th intended. The positioning pins 156 be in the two positioning holes 151 fitted in the main tank 100 are provided.
  • The opening holes 151 are located at two locations in the longitudinal direction of the one surface of the lower housing 142 , and the two positioning pins 156 , which are provided on the recording device, are in the opening holes 151 fitted until the base ends of the pins 156 in contact with the opening holes 151 reach. Therefore, the main tank 100 , which serves as a cartridge, can be positioned in three dimensions.
  • When the positioning pins 156 in the main tank 100 inserted, fits a hollow ink outlet hose 157 Essentially, place in the middle between the two positioning pins 156 is provided in the ink outlet section 150 that is attached to the ink tank 124 is attached, whereby the outflow of ink from the cartridge is made possible.
  • As a result of the fact that the main tank 100 on the cartridge holder 8th is attached, the compressed air inlet opening 152 with a compressed air inlet opening 158 connected in the holder 8th is provided, which is the supply of compressed air into the main tank 100 allows.
  • A clamp mechanism 159 which has multiple contacts is with the circuit board 153 connected to the main tank 100 is arranged, which allows the data exchange with semiconductor memory devices on the circuit board 153 are provided and explained below.
  • In a case where the main tank 100 on the cartridge holder 8th is attached, is the circuit board 153 on the main tank 100 arranged in the vertical direction, and arranged at an upper location in the direction of gravity, as shown in FIG 20 is shown.
  • The 22A and 22B FIG. 15 are cross-sectional views showing that the hollow ink outlet tube. FIG 157 who is in the holder 8th is provided in the ink outlet section 150 introduced on the ink tank 124 is provided, as a result of the fact that the main pack 100 on the cartridge holder 8th is attached, which allows ink to flow out of the ink cartridge.
  • 22A shows the ink outlet section 150 and the ink outlet hose 157 before joining, and 22B shows the ink outlet section 150 and the ink outlet hose 157 after their connection.
  • An annular rubber seal 150a is in an exit portion of the ink outlet portion 150 fitted in the ink tank 124 is provided. In contrast, a movable part 150b in the ink outlet section 150 taken so that it allows an axial movement.
  • The movable part 150b is formed so that it has a central portion of the annular rubber seal 150a under the loading force of the helical spring part 150c closes. An opening 157a is at a location on the side surface near the end at the tip of the hollow ink outlet tube 157 provided in the holder 8th is available.
  • At an in 22A shown state in which the main tank 100 , which serves as a cartridge, is not introduced into the recording device, closes the movable part 150b the central portion of the annular rubber seal 150a under the loading force of the helical spring part 150c , causing an ink leakage from the ink tank 124 is prevented.
  • If the main ink tank 100 is inserted into the recording device, presses the end at the tip of the Tintenauslassschlauches 157 the movable part 150b inward against the loading force of the spring part 150c , Therefore, an ink flow channel is formed, which is indicated by arrows, whereby the outflow of ink is made possible.
  • In this case, an annular inner diameter portion of the rubber gasket comes 150a in close contact with the outer diameter portion of the ink outlet tube 157 , whereby leakage of ink from the contact portion is prevented.
  • 23 shows the circuit board 153 which is mounted on the ink cartridge. The 24A and 24B show the appearance and construction of the circuit board 153 , 24A is a perspective view of the circuit board 153 seen from the front, and 24B is a perspective view of the circuit board 153 , seen from under their bottom.
  • As in 23 shown is the circuit board 152 in the corner of the lower case 152 of the cartridge, and is mounted on the inner bottom of a three-dimensional space in which two adjacent surfaces are open. One of the two open surfaces allows a connection between the PCB 153 and the clamp mechanism 159 standing on the cartridge holder 8th is provided. The other of the two open surfaces is mainly used when the circuit board 153 is attached to the cartridge housing.
  • As in the 24A and 24B shown are a through hole 153a and a notched hole 153b in the circuit board 153 provided to the circuit board 153 on the lower case 142 to install. As in 24A shown with dashed lines are projections 142c and 142d for the purpose of heat welding, in the respective through hole 153a or the notched hole 153b should be introduced, previously on the lower case 142 educated.
  • If the substantially rectangular circuit board 153 on the lower case 142 is attached, the circuit board 153 in a gutted section 142b fitted, like in 23 is shown formed for positioning the circuit board.
  • An unillustrated heater piece comes into contact with the heads of the projections 142c and 142d put in the 24A are shown by dashed lines, whereby the projections are welded. This causes the circuit board 153 on the lower case 142 is attached, as in 23 is shown.
  • The heating piece is used as a jig for attaching the circuit board 153 on the lower housing 142 is used, and the end at the top of the heating piece is inserted into the upper, open side of the three-dimensional space in which the circuit board 153 located.
  • As in 24A shown are electrode contacts 153c at the front of the circuit board 153 provided as connection terminals, in electrical connection with the terminal mechanism 159 of the cartridge holder 8th should be offset when the main tank 100 in the cartridge holder 8th is introduced.
  • An electrode contact 153d for testing purposes is circular on the same surface of the circuit board 153 provided on which the electrode contacts 153 available.
  • The electrode contacts 153c and 153d are with a semiconductor device 154 connected, which can read and write data, and those at the bottom of the circuit board 153 is appropriate. If the main tank 100 on the cartridge holder 8th For example, if the recording device is attached to the recording device, data relating to, for example, the type of the ink existing in the main tank, the residual amount of ink, a serial number, and an expiration date, are interposed between the main tank 100 and the recording device sends and receives.
  • The ink cartridge according to the third embodiment of the present invention is hermetically sealed by the first and second housings 141 respectively. 142 formed, and an ink container is accommodated in the ink cartridge. The neck parts 141 on the second housing 142 are provided, engage with the flange portion 142a of the lower case 142 , making the first case 141 and the second housing 142 be attached to each other. The assembly and disassembly of an ink cartridge are easily accomplished, which helps to facilitate recycling of the components of the ink cartridge.
  • Furthermore, the slot holes 141 in places on the flat section 141b according to the attachment parts 141 along the folding section 141c provided, whereby a simple bending of the flap portion 141c is improved, which the neck parts 141 having. This arrangement is in the Be effective, for example, to prevent the problem that the area becomes white, in which the neck parts 141 are provided, or the problem of a gap formation, on the other hand would be caused if too much stress on the neck parts 141 acts when the upper and lower case 141 respectively. 142 , which are both made of synthetic resin, are attached to each other.
  • Fourth embodiment
  • When next is an ink cartridge according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention. The ink cartridge according to the present Invention is provided with an ink tank pressure member, that in a cartridge case taken together with an ink tank shall be. The ink cartridge is characterized in that dependent on from the volume of the pressing member, the volume of ink is adjusted which is sealed in the ink container.
  • Therefore, in the 13 to 24 shown constructions are used as preferred examples of constructions of the outer shell of the ink cartridge, the ink tank, etc. in the implementation of the fourth embodiment.
  • The 25 and 26 show the construction of the pressure part 143 , and 25 is a perspective view showing the entire presser. 26A is a front view showing the pressing member; 26B FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of the pressing member as viewed from the line CC in FIG 26A in the direction indicated by arrows; and 26C is a cross-sectional view of the pressure member, as seen from the in 26A shown line DD in the direction indicated by arrows.
  • As in the 25 and 26 shown is the pressure part 143 formed in the form of a frame in which a window-like opening 143a in the center of the pressure part 143 is provided. The pressure part 143 press on the four sealed sides of the rectangular ink tank 124 ,
  • As seen from the cross sectional views of 26B and 26C shows, is the portion of the surface of the pressure member 143 opposite the four sides of the ink tank 124 designed so that it has a tapered surface 143b which gradually becomes thinner towards the window-shaped opening 143a which is in the center of the pressure part 143 is provided.
  • As in 14 shown is the tapered surface 143b designed so that it bends slightly. If the tapered surface 143b in contact with the center of the ink container 124 is offset, this bulges due to the ink contained therein, so that the tapered surface 143b , which is slightly curved, smooth the geometry of the circumference of the ink tank 124 is adjusted.
  • If an ink tank 124 , which is filled with a large amount of ink, in the lower case 142 is received, becomes a pressing member 143 used in low volume, as in 14 is shown.
  • If an ink tank 124 , which is filled with a small amount of ink, in the lower case 142 is received, becomes a pressing member 143 used with large volume, as in 27 is shown.
  • The pressure part 143 that at the in 27 shown main tank 100 is used, has the central, window-shaped opening 143a on, which has a smaller area than those in 14 , Accordingly, a tapered surface 143b provided gradually to the window-shaped opening 143a becomes thinner.
  • In this construction, the ink tank becomes 124 , which is filled with a small amount of ink, through the pressing member 143 pressurized in areas of the four sides closer to the center of the ink tank 124 ,
  • In spite of the fact that an ink container is filled in, which is filled with a small amount of ink, can move freely of the ink tank effectively prevented in the ink cartridge. Therefore it is possible the problem of damage an ink tank would otherwise be caused if the ink tank one physical Impact stress during the Transport is suspended.
  • As From the above description, the ink cartridge is according to the fourth embodiment the present invention provided with a Tintenandruckteil that in a cartridge case together with an ink tank should be included. Dependent on from the volume of the pressure part, the volume of the ink is adjusted, in the ink tank is filled. As far as several types of pressure parts are prepared in advance, can be a suitable pressure part depending on the volume of Ink selected Be that in an ink tank filled in, and will be the one selected Pressing part in the cartridge housing added. Therefore, an ink tank in the cartridge case without a big Interspace be recorded.
  • Therefore can the extent, in which an ink tank through physical impact stresses damaged is sufficiently reduced during transport.
  • In a case in which the present invention relates to an ink cartridge is used, which admits compressed air in a cartridge housing, is the Andruckteil whose volume depends on the volume of in an ink tank filled ink selected was recorded in the ink cartridge, so that the volume of compressed air, in the cartridge case should be admitted, so that it can be adjusted within a predetermined range lies.
  • Therefore It is even when using a small volume ink cartridge is, not required, a large amount of compressed air in the cartridge housing involved. Therefore, a time delay can be prevented would occur between the time at which a recording device is turned on is, until the time at which the recording device reaches a standby state, whereby the throughput rate of the Recording device is improved.
  • Other embodiments
  • Finally will a preferred embodiment a cartridge described in each of the ink cartridges the above-described embodiments are used can effectively prevent the problem of breakage of an ink tank otherwise it may be due to vibration or dropping of one Ink cartridge could be produced, and the better recycled and recycling not just a case, which the outer coat forms, but also an ink tank.
  • The preferred embodiment is characterized in that a recessed section, which to the cross section of a pillow-shaped ink tank adjusted, which is filled with ink is, on the inner surface a hard case is provided, which is the outer jacket an ink cartridge, wherein ribs, which the peripheral edge of the ink tank can squeeze available.
  • preferred sets the preferred embodiment an arrangement in which a plurality of ribs both in the lateral direction as well as in the longitudinal direction of the hard case are provided, an arrangement in which projections and Recesses are provided in the areas in which the peripheral edge an ink tank is squeezed, and / or an arrangement in which through holes in Peripheral edge of the ink tank are provided, and projections are provided in the ribs so as to fit into the respective through holes.
  • A used further preferred embodiment an arrangement in which the geometry of the inner surface of the hard case adapted to the cross section of an ink tank filled with ink and the peripheral edge of the ink container is pinched by the hard case becomes. additionally to this arrangement, the preferred embodiment employs an arrangement at which protrusions and recesses are provided in the areas in which the Peripheral edge of an ink tank is crushed, and / or an arrangement in which through holes in are provided to the peripheral edge, and projections in the corresponding Through holes be introduced should, in the case are provided.
  • The preferred embodiments will be described in further detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. The 28A to 28C are exploded views showing a preferred example of an ink cartridge. An ink tank 201 is fabricated by providing rectangular films each consisting of a high polymer film and a material layer having good gas barrier properties, for example, a metal layer on the surface of the polymer film, and heat sealing the rectangular films along peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d of the ink tank 201 takes place to form a bag, while an ink supply port 201e in a page 201 of the ink tank 201 is trained.
  • The hard case containing the ink tank 201 consists of two segments; namely, a box-shaped case main body (lower case) 202 , and a cover (upper case) 203 , Short ribs 204 for dividing the long sides 201b and 201d in equal lengths are at the level of the lower housing main body 202 provided which of the cover 203 opposite. Corresponding are short ribs 204 ' for dividing the long sides 201b and 201d at equal lengths at the level of the cover 203 provided, which the lower housing main body 202 opposite. Furthermore, there are long ribs 205 for subdividing the short sides 201 and 201c at equal lengths on the same plane of the lower housing main body 202 provided on which the short ribs 204 are provided. Corresponding are short ribs 205 ' for dividing the short sides 201 and 201c to equal lengths on the same plane of the cover 203 provided on which the short ribs 204 ' are provided.
  • wells 204a and 204a ' are in the short ribs 204 and 204 ' provided so as to match the cross section of an ink tank filled with ink, and recesses 205a and 205a ' are in the long ribs 205 and 205 ' provided so as to match the cross section of an ink tank filled with ink. end 204b . 204b ' . 205b and 205b ' the ribs 204 . 204 ' . 205 , and 205 ' opposite the peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d of the ink tank 201 are set at heights h and h 'so that the peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d of the ink tank 201 sandwiched between the ribs 204 . 204 ' . 205 and 205 ' can be included when the cover 203 on the case main body 202 is attached.
  • This in 28 indicated reference numerals 206 denotes a recess for forming a window to be used, the ink supply port 201e to expose to the outside.
  • In this embodiment, the ink tank 201 , which is filled with a certain volume of ink, on the housing main body 202 placed so that the ink supply port 201e in the recess 206 located. If the cover 203 on the case main body 202 is fixed, becomes an ink-filled area of the ink tank 201 through the depressions 204a . 204a ' . 205a and 205a ' the ribs 204 . 204 ' . 205 and 205 ' held without being exposed to the pressure passing through the plane of the housing main body 204 and the level of coverage 203 is exercised. Furthermore, the peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d sandwiched between the end sections 204b and 204b ' the opposite ribs 204 and 204 ' and between the end sections 205b and 205b ' the opposite ribs 205 and 205 ' locked in.
  • Even if on the ink tank 201 In this state, vibrations or physical shock loads act, the geometry of the ink tank 201 through the depressions 204a . 204a ' . 205a and 205a ' set so that in the ink tank 201 no significant deformations occur.
  • The peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d be sandwiched between the housing main body 202 and the cover 203 locked in. Therefore, movement of an ink tank in the housing, which is otherwise caused by the fluctuation effect of the ink, can be prevented. Furthermore, a breakage of an ink tank, which would otherwise occur if the ink tank were subjected to considerable physical impact or considerable pressure, can be prevented.
  • If the cover 203 is removed from the ink housing after the ink contained in the ink cartridge has been consumed and the ink cartridge has been collected by a manufacturer, the ink container becomes 203 released from a sandwich-like confined state, between the housing main body 202 and the cover 203 is present and can be easily removed from the ink cartridge.
  • Of the so removed ink tanks is cleaned, and a wearing part, such as a Seal the ink supply port, will be replaced by a new part. Then the ink tank with Ink refilled.
  • The thus refilled ink container becomes in the case main body 202 arranged, and the cover 203 gets on the case main body 202 attached in the same manner as described above, whereby a recycling process is completed.
  • The above-described embodiment eliminates the need to tear an ink tank from an ink tank and peel, thereby removing an ink tank without the occurrence of damage allows becomes, and extremely reliable Recycle an ink cartridge is realized.
  • 29 is a cross-sectional view showing the structure of a housing along a line EE in 28C shows. wells 204a are in ribs 204 provided on the housing main body 202 are present, adapted to the cross section of a pillow-shaped ink tank 201 that with ink 207 is filled. Corresponding are depressions 204a ' in ribs 204 ' provided on the cover 203 in adaptation thereto are provided. The peripheral edges 201b and 201d of the ink tank 201 are sandwiched between end sections 204b and 204b ' the ribs 204 and 204 ' locked in.
  • Ribs 204 and 204 ' Make a deformation of the ink tank 201 a made of a flexible film, whereby a deflection of the film is prevented at an acute angle.
  • 30 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view showing another example of the construction for sandwiching the peripheral edge of an ink tank. As in the case of in the 28A to 28C the embodiment shown are the ribs 204 and 204 ' attached to the outline of the ink tank 201 are adjusted on the lower case 202 and the cover 203 intended. Furthermore, there is a lead 208 on each of the ends 204b for sandwiching the peripheral edge 201b of the ink tank 201 provided, and is a recess 208 ' on each of the ends 204b ' opposite the ends 204b intended. The projections 208 and the recesses 208 ' are at several locations along the peripheral edge of the ink container 201 available.
  • The case main body 202 is in the ink tank 201 added, and the cover 203 becomes from above on the case main body 202 placed. This causes the peripheral edge 201b of the ink tank 201 sandwiched between the projections 208 and the recesses 208 ' is recorded.
  • By sandwiching the peripheral edge of the ink container 201 In several places according to the above-described method, the ink container 201 be firmly fixed inside the housing. In this embodiment, the ink tank 201 simply removed from the housing after removing the cover 203 , As in the case of in the 28A to 28C As shown embodiment, recycling of an ink cartridge can easily be performed.
  • 31 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view showing a construction for sandwiching the peripheral edge of an ink tank according to another preferred embodiment. A through hole 209 is in the peripheral edge 201b of the ink tank 201 intended. As in the case of in the 28A to 28C the embodiment shown are the ribs 204 and 204 ' attached to the outline of the ink tank 201 are adjusted on the lower case 202 and the cover 203 intended. A lead 210 in the through hole 209 to be introduced is on the end section 204 provided, and a hole 210 ' is in the end section 204 ' provided according to the projection 210 , The group showing the through hole 209 , the lead 210 , and the hole 210 ' is at each of a plurality of locations on the peripheral edge of the ink container 201 available.
  • The ink tank 201 becomes so in the case main body 202 recorded that the protrusions 210 into the corresponding through holes 209 be introduced. If the cover 203 from above on the case main body 202 is arranged, the ink tank 201 through the through holes 209 and the projections 210 positioned and fastened. In the present embodiment, the ink tank 201 simply by removing the cover 203 be removed. As in the case of in the 28A to 28C As shown embodiment can be done easily recycling an ink cartridge.
  • The 32A to 32C show an ink cartridge according to another embodiment in exploded view. The ink tank 201 has the same construction as those in the 28A to 28C is shown.
  • A hard case to hold the ink tank 201 consists of two segments; namely a box-shaped housing main body 202 and the cover 203 , Elevated sections 204 and 205 are designed so that an inner surface 202a of the housing main body 202 adapted to the cross section of a pillow-shaped, ink-filled ink container.
  • Furthermore, there are elevated sections 204 ' and 205 ' so provided that the inner surface 203a the cover 203 adapted to it.
  • end 204b . 204b ' . 205b and 205b ' the raised sections 204 . 204 ' . 205 and 205 ' opposite the peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d of the ink tank 201 are set at heights h and h 'so that the peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d of the ink tank 201 sandwiched between the raised sections 204 . 204 ' . 205 and 205 ' can be included when the cover 203 on the case main body 202 is attached.
  • recesses 206 and 206 ' are in the areas of the housing main body 202 and the cover 203 provided to which the ink supply port 201e to be sandwiched. ribs 204c and 204c ' are on the back of the areas of the raised sections 204 and 204 ' provided with which the ink tank 201 is brought into contact to thereby the rigidity of the raised portions 204 and 204 ' to improve.
  • In the present embodiment, the ink tank becomes 201 , which is filled with a certain volume of ink, on the housing main body 202 placed so that the ink supply port 201e into the recess 206 enters. If the cover 203 is fixed, the ink-filled area of the ink tank 201 through the inner surfaces 202a and 203a and the elevated sections 204 . 204 ' . 205 and 205 ' supported by both sides, without the exercise of pressure. The peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d be through the opposite end sections 204b . 204b ' . 205b and 205b ' supported.
  • Even if the ink tank 201 Vibrations or physical impact in this condition is exposed to the geometry of the ink tank 201 through the inner surfaces 202a and 203a of the housing and through the raised sections 204 . 204 ' . 205 and 205 ' so that there is no excessive deformation in the ink tank 201 occurs.
  • The peripheral edges 201 . 201b . 201c and 201d be sandwiched between the end sections 204b . 204b ' . 205b and 205b ' locked in. Therefore, movement of an ink container in the housing, which would otherwise be caused by the pivotal movement of ink, can be prevented. Further, breakage of an ink tank which would otherwise be caused when the ink tank is subjected to considerable physical impact or considerable pressure can be prevented.
  • 33 is a cross-sectional view showing the structure of the housing along the line FF of 32C shows. The raised sections 204 are on the case main body 202 designed to fit the cross-section of a pillow-shaped ink tank 201 are adjusted with the ink 207 is filled. Corresponding are the raised sections 204 ' on the cover 203 designed so that they are adapted to this. The peripheral edges 201b and 201d of the ink tank 201 are sandwiched between the opposite end portions 204b and 204b ' arranged.
  • Since the cross section of the housing main body 202 and that of the cover 203 to the cross section of the ink tank 201 are adjusted, a deformation of the ink tank 201 set, which is made of a flexible film, whereby a deflection of the film is prevented at an acute angle.
  • 34 Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view showing another example of the construction for sandwiching the peripheral edge of an ink tank. The raised sections 204 and 204 ' are designed so that the cross-section of the lower case 202 and that of the cover 203 to the cross section of the pillow-shaped ink container 201 are adjusted with the ink 207 is filled. Furthermore, the lead is 208 on each of the ends 204b provided to sandwich the peripheral edge 201b of the ink tank 201 and is the recess 208 ' on each of the ends 204b ' opposite the ends 204b intended. The projections 208 and the recesses 208 ' are at each of several locations along the peripheral edge of the ink container 201 available.
  • The ink tank 201 becomes in the case main body 202 added, and the cover 203 becomes from above on the case main body 202 arranged. Therefore, the peripheral edge becomes 201b of the ink tank 201 sandwiched between the protrusions 208 and the recesses 208 ' pinched. Sandwiching multiple locations at the peripheral edge of the ink container 201 According to the above-described method, the ink container 201 firmly fixed in the housing.
  • In the present embodiment, the ink tank 201 simply out of the case after removing the cover 203 be removed. As in the case of in the 28A to 28C As shown embodiment, recycling of the ink cartridge is easy.
  • 35 Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view showing a construction for sandwiching the peripheral edge of an ink tank according to another preferred embodiment. The through hole 209 is in the peripheral edge 201b of the ink tank 201 intended. The raised sections 204 and 204 ' are designed so that the cross-section of the lower case 202 and that of the cover 203 to the cross section of the pillow-shaped ink container 201 are adjusted with the ink 207 is filled. Furthermore, the lead is 210 in the through hole 209 should be introduced on the end section 204 provided, and is the hole 210 ' in the end section 204 ' according to the tab 210 intended. The group coming out of the through hole 209 the lead 210 , and the hole 210 ' is at any of several locations on the peripheral edge of the ink tank 201 available.
  • The ink tank 201 becomes so in the case main body 202 recorded that the protrusions 210 into the corresponding through holes 209 be introduced. If the cover 203 from above on the case main body 202 is arranged, the ink tank 201 through the through holes 209 and the projections 210 positioned and fastened.
  • In the present embodiment, the ink tank 201 simply by removing the cover 203 be removed. As in the case of in the 28A to 28C As shown embodiment, recycling of the ink cartridge is easy.
  • As described above, in a case where the construction of an ink cartridge according to any one of various embodiments is employed, deformation of an ink tank, which would otherwise be caused by vibration or physical impact, is prevented in all directions, thereby damaging and breaking the ink tank ters be prevented.
  • The Position an ink tank is caused by the geometry of a housing, creating quality differences be turned off due to a different accuracy in the Assembly are caused.
  • There an ink tank does not have to be fixed by using an adhesive is reduces the number of parts, reducing the efficiency of assembly an ink cartridge increases and the cost of an ink cartridge is reduced. There The disassembly of the ink cartridge is simple, can be extremely reliable Recycling of an ink cartridge can be achieved.

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  1. Ink cartridge ( 9 ) for use in a recording device ( 1 - 5 ), the ink is a recording head ( 6 ) by applying compressed air from a compressed air pump ( 21 ), the ink cartridge ( 9 ) an outer shell part comprising: a lower housing ( 41 . 142 ) having an opening and a continuous, substantially flat welding surface ( 42 . 142a ) surrounding the opening and disposed on a substantially flat, single imaginary plane; a heat-sealing foil ( 64 . 144 ) caused by heat exposure to the welding surface ( 42 . 142a ) and hermetically seals the opening; and an upper housing ( 71 . 141 ) connected to the lower case and covering the heat-sealing foil; an ink tank ( 24 . 124 ) of flexible material in which ink is stored, the ink container in a pressure chamber ( 25 ) formed by the lower case and the heat-sealing foil.
  2. Ink cartridge according to claim 1, wherein the upper housing ( 71 ) as a reinforcing member for reinforcing the heat-sealing film ( 64 ) serves.
  3. An ink cartridge according to claim 1 or 2, wherein an engaging portion (Fig. 71a ) which is removably engaged with a peripheral edge ( 73 ) of the lower housing ( 41 ), in one piece on a peripheral edge ( 76 ) of the upper housing ( 75 ) is provided.
  4. Ink cartridge according to one of claims 1 to 3, in which reinforcing ribs ( 44 ) on an inner surface of the lower housing ( 41 ) are provided, wherein the inner surface at least partially determines the pressure chamber.
  5. An ink cartridge as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, comprising: a compressed air inlet port ( 47 ), which at the lower housing ( 41 ) is provided, and by which the of the compressed air pump ( 21 ) supplied compressed air into the pressure chamber ( 25 ) can be entered; and an ink outlet section (FIG. 55 ) located at the ink tank ( 24 ), and an outflow of ink from the ink tank (FIG. 24 ); wherein when the ink cartridge ( 9 ) from the recording device ( 1 - 5 ), the compressed air inlet opening ( 47 ) is released to thereby the pressure chamber ( 25 ) in conjunction with the atmosphere, and the ink outlet section ( 55 ) is placed in a closed state.
  6. An ink cartridge according to claim 5, wherein the compressed air inlet port ( 47 ) integral with the lower housing ( 41 ), and having a cylindrical part defining an air passage communicating with the pressure chamber.
  7. An ink cartridge according to claim 5 or 6, wherein said ink outlet portion (Fig. 55 ) a valve part ( 59 ), and then when the ink cartridge ( 9 ) at the recording device ( 1 - 5 ), the valve member ( 59 ) in contact with a connecting section ( 71 ) of the recording device, and withdraws in the axial direction, whereby it is opened; and then when the ink cartridge ( 9 ) from the recording device ( 1 - 5 ), the valve part ( 59 ) is presented in the axial direction, whereby a closed state is maintained.
  8. An ink cartridge according to claim 7, wherein said ink outlet portion (Fig. 55 ) a spring part ( 60 ) for applying the valve part ( 59 ) so that it is presented in the axial direction.
  9. An ink cartridge according to any one of claims 5 to 8, wherein said ink outlet portion (10). 55 ) to the outside of the lower housing ( 41 ) through an opening section ( 58 ) exposed in the lower housing ( 41 ), wherein an O-ring ( 56 ) between the opening portion ( 58 ) and the ink outlet section (FIG. 55 ) is arranged, and an engaging part ( 57 ) is provided to a sealed state between the opening portion ( 58 ) and the ink outlet section (FIG. 55 ) by pressurizing the O-ring ( 56 ).
  10. An ink cartridge according to any one of the preceding claims, further comprising: a flange portion (10). 142a ), which runs along one edge of the opening of the lower housing ( 142 ) is provided, and which determines the welding surface; and at least one projection-shaped part ( 141 ) located on the upper housing ( 141 ) is provided, and in engagement with the flange portion ( 142a ), whereby the lower and the upper housing ( 142 . 141 ).
  11. An ink cartridge according to claim 10, wherein after the ink tank ( 124 ) in the lower housing ( 142 ), the opening of the lower housing ( 142 ) by heat welding the heat-sealing foil ( 144 ) is sealed to the welding surface, whereby a sealed state is achieved, and the upper housing ( 141 ) as a cover for preventing expansion of the heat-sealing film ( 144 ), when the heat-sealing foil ( 144 ) is exposed to the pressure of the compressed air.
  12. Ink cartridge according to claim 10 or 11, in which a tapered surface ( 141d ) and an engagement stage portion ( 141e ) on the ridge-shaped part ( 141 ) are provided, so that when the upper housing ( 141 ) on the lower housing ( 142 ), the flange portion ( 142a ) relatively through the tapered surface ( 141d ) and is guided along it, for engagement with the engagement stage portion ( 141e ).
  13. An ink cartridge according to any one of claims 10 to 12, wherein the upper housing ( 141 ) by a flat section ( 141b ), which serves as a cover, and a folding section ( 141c ) formed integrally with the planar section ( 141b ) and is formed perpendicular to this, and the lug-shaped part ( 141 ) on an inner surface of the flap portion ( 141c ) is provided.
  14. An ink cartridge according to claim 13, wherein a plurality of independent lobes ( 141 ) intermittently on the inner surface of the flap portion ( 141c ) are provided.
  15. An ink cartridge according to claim 14, wherein slot holes ( 141f ) are provided so that they pass through the planar section ( 141b ) of the upper housing ( 141 ), according to location, the number of independent independent parts ( 141 ), and elongated along the flap portion ( 141c ).
  16. An ink cartridge according to any one of claims 1 to 15, further comprising: a pressing member (10); 143 ) for the ink tank ( 124 ) in the pressure chamber and between the heat-sealing foil ( 144 ) and the ink tank ( 124 ) is arranged.
  17. Ink cartridge according to claim 16, wherein the pressure part ( 143 ) the volume of the in the ink tank ( 124 ) to be filled in accordance with the volume of the pressure part ( 143 ).
  18. Ink cartridge claim 16 or 17, wherein the ink tank ( 124 ) substantially rectangular and to a bag by sealing four sides of the ink tank ( 124 ) is trained; the pressure part ( 143 ) is formed in the form of a frame having a window opening ( 143a ) in its central portion; and the four sides of the ink tank ( 124 ) by the frame-shaped pressure member ( 143 ) are pressurized.
  19. Ink cartridge according to Claim 18, in which parts of the pressure part ( 143 ) facing the four sides of the ink tank ( 124 ), a gradually decreasing thickness for window opening ( 143 ) to provide inclined surfaces ( 143b ).
  20. Ink cartridge according to Claim 1), in which the oblique surfaces ( 143b ) are curved.
  21. Ink cartridge according to one of Claims 16 to 20, in which the pressure part ( 143 ) consists of elastic material.
  22. An ink cartridge according to any one of claims 16 to 21, wherein after the ink tank ( 124 ) and the pressure part ( 143 ) in the lower housing ( 142 ), the opening of the lower housing ( 142 ) is heat sealed by heat welding the foil ( 144 ) on the welding surface, whereby a sealed state is achieved, and the upper housing ( 141 ) as a cover for preventing expansion of the heat-sealing film ( 144 ), when the heat-sealing foil ( 144 ) is exposed to the pressure of the compressed air.
  23. Ink cartridge according to one of Claims 16 to 22, in which at least one projection-shaped part ( 141 ) on the upper housing ( 141 ) is provided; and a tapered surface ( 141 ) and an engaging step section ( 141e ) on the ridge-shaped part ( 141d ) are provided, so that when the upper housing ( 141 ) on the lower housing ( 142 ), a flange portion provided on the edge of the opening of the first housing, relatively through the tapered surface (FIG. 141d ) and is guided along it, for engagement with the engagement stage portion ( 141e ).
  24. Combination of an ink cartridge ( 9 ) according to one of claims 1 to 23 and an ink jet recording device ( 1 - 5 ), the recording device comprising: a recording head ( 6 ), on a sledge ( 1 ), and in the direction of the width of Recording paper is reciprocated; and a sub-tank ( 7 ), which is inked from the ink cartridge ( 9 ) through an ink supply channel ( 10 ) and the ink is added to the recording head ( 6 ), whereby the ink from the ink cartridge ( 9 ) the sub-tank ( 7 ) is supplied by the use of air pressure to the ink cartridge.
  25. Combination according to claim 24, wherein the ink supply channel ( 10 ) extending from the ink cartridge ( 9 ) to the sub-tank ( 7 ), is a flexible ink supply tube.
  26. Combination according to claim 24 or 25, in which an ink supply valve ( 26 ) continue in the ink supply channel ( 10 ), which extends from the ink cartridge ( 9 ) to the sub-tank ( 7 ), and the ink supply valve ( 26 ) is opened or closed in response to a control signal generated by an ink level detecting device ( 31 . 32 . 33a . 33b ) to determine the volume of ink in the sub-tank ( 7 ) is left over.
  27. Combination according to claim 24, 25 or 26, in which an annular sealing part ( 78 ) with a cartridge holder ( 8th ) is provided, on which the ink cartridge ( 9 ) is removably attached, and then when the ink cartridge ( 9 ) on the cartridge holder ( 8th ), the annular sealing part ( 78 ) in close contact with an outer peripheral surface of a cylindrical part (FIG. 47 ), which defines an air channel, which in conjunction with a pressure chamber ( 25 ) of the ink cartridge ( 9 ) stands.
  28. Combination according to one of claims 24 to 27, wherein a cartridge holder ( 8th ) on which the ink cartridge ( 9 ) is removably attached, with an opening / closing valve unit ( 72 ), which, when the ink cartridge ( 9 ) on the cartridge holder ( 8th ) is brought into contact with an ink outlet section ( 55 ) of the ink cartridge ( 9 ), and retracts in the axial direction, whereby it is opened; and then, if no ink cartridge ( 9 ) on the cartridge holder ( 8th ), the opening / closing valve unit ( 2 ) in the axial direction, thereby maintaining a closed state.
  29. Combination according to claim 28, wherein the opening / closing valve unit ( 72 ) with a hollow needle ( 73 ) having an ink inlet hole ( 73a ), and with a sliding part ( 75 ); if no ink cartridge is attached to the cartridge holder ( 8th ), the sliding part ( 75 ), which the loading force of a spring part ( 74 ) is moved to a position at which the sliding part ( 75 ) the ink inlet hole ( 73a ), which is in the hollow needle ( 73 ) is provided.
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